by Jo Treggiari
Fierce Ink Press Co-Op
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Description: Set against the backdrop of the 1980s California punk scene, Love You Like Suicide explores the dark side of growing up. Author Jo Treggiari writes frankly about a period in her youth when she was addicted to drugs and living in a derelict neighbourhood.
After a near-fatal accident, Jo is determined to clean up and start a fresh, new life. But there's one thing she can't leave behind: a tender friendship, on the brink of being lost forever.
Love You Like Suicide is a gritty, true account of an adolescent who struggles against the odds to make a better life for herself
The Good Stuff
- Heartbreaking, raw and honest
- Takes courage to write about such a dark period
- Not a word wasted, story is quick and to the point - a slice of life type story which are always intriguing
- Gifted writer - has a unique writing style that may not appeal to all, but it is fresh and real
- Author is Canadian - Yeah I know but I am Canadian and its important to me
- Gives you insight into someone fighting an addiction and wanting something better for themselves
- Love the opening paragraph, it hooked me in right away
- Some of the proceeds from the sale go to charity - makes a do gooder like me happy
The Not So Good Stuff
- Won't lie, not much of a short story lover, as I think I always just want more, so I always get frustrated when it just ends (It's not you Jo - it's me)
- Hard to read stories about a world I have no understanding of - it is very dark
"How should I write this?
In third person so it becomes just a story?
In second so that you can pretend you were there too?
In first, so that I can drown in a tidal wave of sorrow, sink under the weight of it, remember what it feels like to be utterly lost?
First person it is."
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- Perfect for those looking for something dark and gritty and honest
- Not for those looking for a fast paced or light story -- this has heart
I was sent an ecopy for an honest review from Fierce Ink Press